Homemade Vanity/Paper Towel rack

Ub3r

Member
Feb 22, 2010
12
Howdy Folks,

I grew up camping in my Dad's Coleman pop-up (dont recall the model) and loved it. I later inherited a 96 Dutchmen, 1204 "Classic". One thing I really missed was the old Coleman haging vanity, with a mirror, paper towel holder and a small shelf.

My Dutchmen has the ceiling support bars for an air conditioner. It currently has a swamp cooler, but that's another story/project for another time. I'll be hanging the vanity from the ends of the support bars that have handy holes already there. This will put it next to the sink.

After searching for something pre-built, I didn't see many options out there that would work for me. I also did not wan't to tap any holes in my ceiling like the newer fold away Coleman vanity does. So...I built my own. DISCLAIMER: I'm not carpenter and it's for camping, so I didn't need it to be perfect, just functional.

I used

It's about 32"x14" over all. I waned the wood to go past the metal hooks so they dont bend during storage/transport. I will hang it with plant hanging chains. The bottom hook is for a small bungee cord to minimize sway. I'll mount another ring in the trailer to hook onto once I pick the spot.

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I'm going camping this week, I'll try to remember to get an "action shot" with the trailer set up.
HAPPY CAMPING Y'ALL!
 
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flingwing1969

Active Member
Jul 6, 2013
617
California Cascade Range
Very nice. Fleetwood/Coleman installed one like it in our camper that folds onto the ceiling when we put the top down, are you doing something similar with yours?
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Ub3r

Member
Feb 22, 2010
12
As of right now, I don't intend to permenantly mount it. I'll just hang it up as part of setup. They do have square mirrors at crafts shops. Probably be easy to epoxy a real mirror over that one.
 

TheBlurb

Active Member
Mar 28, 2019
250
A vanity is a cool idea - maybe I’ll build one for my jayco—one that sits neatly in the counter and rises up, as I too don’t want to put holes in my ceiling! I also have zero ways to hang it as far as I can tell.
 

TRR

Active Member
Nov 3, 2014
461
Alabama USA
The "mirror" on the Coleman Vanity Mate is not very good - kind of a fun-house mirror.
On mine I replaced the funhouse mirror with a real glass mirror. Bought a cheap full length mirror for about 5 bucks and had piece cut off the end to fit. I used this because the glass was thin enough to fit the slot whereas a regular mirror was too thick.
 

flingwing1969

Active Member
Jul 6, 2013
617
California Cascade Range
On mine I replaced the funhouse mirror with a real glass mirror. Bought a cheap full length mirror for about 5 bucks and had piece cut off the end to fit. I used this because the glass was thin enough to fit the slot whereas a regular mirror was too thick.

Great idea! I would actually try this but I have given up using mirrors since I reached the 70's. That way I can still delude myself into believing I'm still 22. It kind of works for me, no more scary old face looking back at me in the morning since I now shave in the shower by feel. [LOL]
 

Dingit

Super Active Member
Mar 8, 2017
2,063
We have the Coleman one. It's useless as installed in our camper. It's over the couch (not near kitchen) and it's too high for 3 out of 4 family members to use. :) And yes the mirror is funky.

This would definitely be an upgrade!
 




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